Critic Review - Chicago Tribune

There's a decent movie in The Town, though this adaptation of the Chuck Hogan novel Prince of Thieves stretches out to a misjudged 130 minutes.

September 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Comments (25)
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Bloody Mathias

Mathias N/A

this guy is overly concerned with runtimes.

Sep 16 - 05:13 AM

Max the Movie Kid

Max Chittock

Did you know that he enjoyed 2012? That had lots of disaster (both literally and not literally) but was stretched out to 158 minutes. Some critics can be hypo-critics.

Sep 16 - 08:23 AM


Adam Collins

I thought it was perfect. What would you have cut? I couldn't agree more with the other comment. I was not bored at all.

Sep 16 - 06:23 AM

Armond White Sucks

Michael Baldelli

I usually agree with Phillips. You have me worried, sir.

I hate when people complain about how long a baseball game or movie is. Who cares. It's better than doing nothing.

Besides, I paid good money to attend both events. I hope they last all day. If it's good, I don't care how long it is.

Sep 16 - 12:27 PM


In Your Dreams

sir sir sir sir sir sir sir

Sep 16 - 08:13 PM


Lateralus Grates

troll troll troll troll troll

Sep 19 - 03:13 PM

David P.

David Park

he lost respect since he said 2012 was good

Sep 16 - 01:03 PM


Dylan Hair

To me, he;s still one of the more respectable critics on here, by far. because he always has smart insights and backs up his opinions. And come on, everyone has their guilty pleasure movie that they can't help but like, and Mr. Phillips' happens to be 2012

Sep 19 - 01:50 AM


Michael Frear

Here's what Phillips continues with, though:

"Two hours plus change isn't long, really. Plenty of films, and not just epics, justify three or more hours. Here, though, just when the screws should tighten, we get another leisurely dialogue scene..."

It's generally getting mildly positive reviews, from the looks of things, and Phillips gives the film a mildly negative review instead (2.5/4 stars).

Sep 16 - 01:55 PM

sam d.

sam deutsch

you are right an 88 percent- mildly good reviews. not.

Sep 16 - 02:48 PM


Nick Keane

the tomatometer isn't really a good indicator for review quality. it only makes the distinction between which reviews are positive and which reviews are negative, not how positive or how negative. I've seen a lot of movies on here with 100% TMs and < 6.5 average scores, meaning noone disliked the movie but everyone scored it averagely.

a 7.8 is still pretty solid though.

Sep 16 - 03:33 PM

Alex B.

Alex Bauman

Themidgethotel has a point. For example, I sorta liked Black Hawk Down, but I personally find it to be pretty overrated. Im surprised that its at 76% on rotten tomatoes. Still If I were a professional critic, it would still be counted as a positive review nonetheless and be added to the fresh section of the tomatometer. If you get what I'm saying.

Oct 1 - 07:40 PM

Jack R.

Jack Russell

If you must sacrifice TIME in order to convey the idea that unifies the entire film then by all means make it 123 minutes. You exagerated.

Sep 17 - 09:50 AM


James Blackwell

I like Michael Phillips and respect his points in his review, even though I thought this film was great, but not perfect.

Sep 17 - 05:39 PM


Robert Stottlemyer

This film was really good. I didn't think it was too long at all.

Sep 19 - 09:47 AM

Greg G.

Greg Girard

This flick is paced and edited wonderfully. This guy couldn't be more wrong with that criticism. I was actually marveling the entire 2 hours at how amazing it was that there was nothing fatuous or gratuitous.

Sep 19 - 01:47 PM


Nicky Marianna

Wrong, Mikey, wrong!

Sep 20 - 07:02 PM


James Blackwell

the ending could of been better in this film. Did not follow the book

Sep 24 - 08:29 AM


Vinny Bittencourt

This film is over-hyped. This is a carbon copy of Heat is ranked at 86%. Oh, and Heat is still a better movie.

Sep 30 - 08:18 PM


Vinny Bittencourt

This film is over-hyped. This is a carbon copy of Heat which is ranked at 86%. Oh, and Heat is still a better movie.

Sep 30 - 08:19 PM


Vinny Bittencourt

This film is over-hyped. This is a carbon copy of Heat which is ranked at 86%. Oh, and Heat is still a better movie.

Sep 30 - 08:19 PM


Steve Suslik

You are one of the few critics to tell it like it is. The Town is simply just not all that great. Nothing new here, just someone who has the name and the money to put out something that is fair to middling in a really professional manner. Nothing new, nothing shocking...just a good movie and nothing more. If Affleck is all that great, let's see what he can do with something innovative, fresh and intriguing. CSI Los Angeles has better episodes than this movie.

Dec 29 - 02:11 PM

Mac B.

Mac Berg

125 minutes to be exact you bastard.

Jan 3 - 05:04 PM

Bao B.

Bao Bui

The best crime drama for me personally. And the second hour felt an 10 minutes to me

Jan 22 - 01:30 AM


None None

IS it just me or is a 62.5% a passing grade? Shouldn't this review be fresh? Under 60 is rotten, am I wrong?

Apr 6 - 04:11 PM

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